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Photography Hostage

A colleague and I wrote an article together, which is being published in a December issue of our profession's magazine, which appears to involve long bouts of waiting and bursts of frenetic activity.

Today's frenetic activity came under heading "Urgently Locate a Publishable Picture of The Self to send to the Editors" and involved some hand-wringing, and hard-drive-rifling - which did not yield a single solitary shot of me not looking some combination of demented, half-naked, double-chinned, or accessorised with either pink bunny ears or at least one of my children.

Never one to accomplish a simple task simply, I then set out trying to take an acceptable picture of myself. Enter weeping and teeth gnashing and tripod wrestling and one-handed self-portraiture which yielded much comedy output of me managing to blind myself with the flash and get photobombed by my own houseplants, but NO MATTER for a result adhering to my own vanity and socially acceptable standards of human behaviour was finally produced.

The journey through the Diabolical Pictures of Nina Through The Years was not without its high points however, as it led me to this gem:

michelin woman

Here I appear to have suffered some sort of atavistic ethnic terror about the dread promaja* and as a result dressed my child in every item of clothing she had. The outstanding result is I think part Tom Sawyer's Aunt Polly, part Michelin woman, part the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.

*According to Serbian lore, the list of bad ends you will suffer due to exposure to the dreaded draft includes: headache, muscle tension, back pain, bone pain, joint stiffness, meningitis and pneumonia.


Nov. 3rd, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
I thought it was 'draft' rather than 'draught' (the computer doesn't seem to like that 2nd spelling by the way!
Anyway, my mum (now 79) was and still is obsessed with me going outside without enough clothing and as for Emma (my partner in her 40s!) well, dare I risk stepping outside with damp hair?!?! Apparently "Women just don't do that!"

As for the photo... I like :-) but the baby has a slight look of bemusement as to "What on earth have you pulled me into Mummy?!"
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
She is a good natured and long-suffering baby who is coping well with Abuse Via Clothing.


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